Book of the Month (December 2016) and Final Round Up

2016 is soon about to draw to a close and for me it feels like this year has gone past really quickly. Though having said that it seems I have had more time for reading this year looking at the number of books I read in 2015 compared to this year:


Out of that 207, 158 were crime fiction books, though due to re-reading my final total number of reviews (for novels, short story collections and lit criticism) on the blog for this year is 195 (give or take a book or two – there was far too much counting involved in the making of this post in my opinion). Although pre 1960 detective fiction from the UK and USA dominated I still managed to read a few books written by authors in other countries such as Australia, Finland, Sweden, Russia, Italy, Norway, Ireland and France. This is something I hope to do more of next year and in particular I am keen to try and track down more pre 1960 detective fiction from other countries in the golden age detective fiction style. Most of my reading unsurprisingly came from books published from the 1930s to 50s, though I still managed to read a book from every decade from 1900.
As well as doing my usual monthly round up in this post I have also decided to highlight some of my favourites reads from 2016, including a separate category for those published in this year.
Book of the Month: December
Due to the hectic nature of December and Christmas etc. I haven’t been able to read as much as I would have liked. On the whole these books were average or not so good reads. However this did mean that choosing this month’s winner was a lot easier, making Roger East’s Twenty-Five Sanitary Inspector (1935), this month’s winner.
Apart from getting kudos for choosing such a bizarre yet well fitting title, I also really enjoyed the comedy the novel is infused with and the general bizarreness of the story’s setup. Close runners up though were Arthur Upfield’s The Bachelor’s of Broken Hill (1950) and Elizabeth Gill’s Strange Holiday (1931).
Favourite Books Published in 2016.
Deciding on the books for this category was definitely an easy task and I would heartily recommend all of them:
Other Favourite Reads of 2016
Apologies for the length of the list but there were so many good reads this year it was hard to narrow my list down. But hopefully it might give you some ideas for what books you would like to read in 2017.

All that it remains for me to say is thanks to you my readers for visiting and commenting on my blog this year. Happy New Year! (well in 8 and bit hours anyways).
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  1. Ah, The Moving Toyshop – one of those books that I just don’t see the attraction of. But I’m definitely in the minority there…

    Good job on 2016 – here’s to 2017.

    Oh, and you might want to check out my next review before you rush into Dr Priestley Investigates…

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  2. We disagree on the June Wright and Sayers…but agree on The Chimney Murder…so there is at least some overlap in our reading Venn diagram 😉 What I need to glean is which of your recommendations is most like the latter book so I can go on a hunt for more reads I will like.

    Wishing you all the best for the new year too. I know you’re still waiting but our 2017 has officially started and I’m about to brew my first coffee and crack open my first book for the year…bliss.

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    • Which Wright novel did you try? Channon’s book was a good one even if the killer stands out by a mile. Two other writers who do female characters well from my list of recommendations are Joan Coggins and Ianthe Jerrold. Hope your first book of the year is a good one.


  3. I agree with many of your vintage reads as being worth by of a Best of list. Read more than half of them. But I tried to read the Tiger East book twice and it failed to interest me. If you stumble across either of his earlier books both of which I’ve read and written about (Murder in Rehearsal, Candidate for Lilies–the latter being a superior detective novel) I’m sure you’ll enjoy them as well if not more so. I’m hoping to try the Hans Olav books soon. They weren’t published here so I need to buy them from a U.K. Internet site.

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    • Um … that should be Roger East. Typing this while a passenger in a car on a very bumpy road can lead to embarrassing typos.


    • haha Tiger East sounds a much cooler name though. I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for those other East titles as other than the one I have read they don’t seem to be available online. I hope you enjoy the Lahlum books as they have a lot to offer. Hopefully you’ll be able to track down some copies soon.


  4. Happy New Year, Kate! The Bachelors of Broken Hill is a good one–I have yet to read an Upfield that is really not up to par. Here’s to another great year of reading.


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